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It's easy! Go to our Plans and Pricing page, compare our low electricity rates and plan lengths, and then choose your plan.
In most cases, we can setup your electricity service for the same day. We’ll relay your request for power to your local TDU immediately, and they may or may not apply a priority fee for same-day service. Requests placed after 2 pm are often handled the next day, excluding Sundays.
We offer several fixed, low-rate term plans and flexible month-to-month plans throughout Texas. Check out our Plans and Pricing for specific electricity plans in your city.
Electricity rates can vary by zip code, but the difference is usually small. The TDU fees, which are determined by your local utility, are where you see the largest difference across cities. At 4Change Energy, we strive to give you the best possible pricing for your area. Visit our Plans and Pricing to get started.
While everyone’s situation is different, we typically recommend a 12 month plan to customers planning to stay in Texas. The 12 month fixed rate plan offers price stability for an entire year, and saves you the time you would have spent chasing energy prices. Plus, if you move we’ll move your service as well.
It’s simple. Go to the Plans and Pricing page, find a low-rate plan, and sign up. You don’t even have to contact your old electricity provider—we’ll handle everything for you.
You may have typed your address in a different format than we have saved online. To find your address, begin typing it and select it from the dropdown menu to continue.
Still can’t find it? It’s possible that your address is new construction and hasn’t been loaded into the statewide system yet OR we may not serve your area at this time. Feel free to call us at (855) 784-2426 (Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-5pm CST) if you need help enrolling or to confirm your service area.
Since some zip codes fall into two TDUs, we've created an easy process for split TDU enrollments. If you're in a split TDU zip code, you'll be prompted to select your TDU, and if you're uncertain of your TDU simply select "I don't know" to continue with your enrollment. We'll let you know if anything needs to be updated after enrollment.
We only check your utility payment history. Even if your utility payment history isn’t ideal, we may still be able to serve you by assessing a one-time refundable deposit. You’ll get your deposit back—with interest—after 12 months of timely consecutive payments or upon leaving us with good payment history. See your TOSA for more details.
We do a basic utility payment history check and we receive a pass or fail notification from the credit bureau. If you were assessed a deposit, there’s no need to worry. Your deposit is fully refundable—with interest—after 12 months of timely consecutive payments.
Keep in mind that your deposit does not count as a pre-payment and may not be used toward future monthly 4Change Energy electricity bills.
In most cases, yes! You will get your deposit back—with interest—as provided below.
Generally speaking, no. For certain customers, yes. Here’s a snippet from our Terms of Service Agreement (TOSA) specifically identifying customers entitled to a waiver of a deposit assessed at enrollment:
You may avoid paying a deposit if (1) you submit a payment history letter from your previous electric service provider confirming two years of service and your positive payment record for 12 consecutive months, (2) you have a satisfactory credit rating, (3) you are at least 65 years of age and do not have a delinquent balance with your current electric service provider, (4) you submit proof that you are medically indigent, or (5) you have been a victim of family violence and can provide a certification letter by the Texas Council on Family Violence. Please contact us if you believe you may be eligible for one of these options.
If you establish satisfactory credit with us by making timely payments for 12 consecutive months, then we will apply the deposit plus accrued interest to your account. If you do not establish satisfactory credit with us during the time you receive service from us, then we will apply the deposit plus accrued interest against the outstanding balance on your final bill. We will bill you for any remaining balance and the bill will be due upon receipt. We will refund any credit balance to you or transfer the credit balance to your new REP, at your request and with your new REP’s consent.
Not in most cases. However, qualifying low-income customers are eligible to pay deposits over two equal installments.
If you have been assessed a deposit and opt not to pay it, you are not eligible for service with 4Change Energy.
During enrollment, you can add separate service and billing addresses. This will not affect your bills, which will still be sent to your email address on file.
Yes! Log in to your account, click Manage My Service, and then click Add Another Home. You’ll enroll your new address the same way you enrolled the first one.
A secondary account holder is someone you authorize to act on your behalf for decisions regarding your account with us. You do not have to add one if you do not want to. A secondary account holder can perform all functions that the primary account holder can perform except for adding or deleting secondary account holders.
No. You cannot transfer your account to another person, even if they are already a secondary account holder.
We won’t charge you a fee to move-in. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) allows your TDU to charge a connection fee for move-ins. To consolidate what you owe at enrollment, we add the TDU’s fee to your first bill from us.
We won’t charge you a fee to move-in. By selecting same-day or next-day service, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) allows your TDU to charge a connection fee for priority move-ins. To consolidate what you owe at enrollment, we add the TDU’s fee to your first bill from us.
Your first bill will be delivered by email no later than 35 days after your service starts. Occasionally, first bills are delivered almost immediately after service begins, but it is always triggered when your TDU reads your meter.
If you think you missed it, check your spam folder or log in to your account to check your bill. You may also want to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe Senders list.
Your TDU reads the meter at your address each month and sends a report to us with your usage. We generate a bill immediately after receiving your usage report. Your due date is 16 days after your bill is issued. See next question.
Keep in mind that your due date may vary slightly from month to month. Even if your bill was due on the 15th last month, your bill could be due on a different day the following month.
We draft your EZ Pay payment 12 days after your bill is issued and 4 days before the due date listed on your bill. This helps you avoid late fees. If the first draft is not successful for any reason, we will attempt to draft one time each day until your due date. A late fee will be assessed if we haven’t received payment by your due date.
No. Your bill due date is determined by the date that your TDU reads your meter. We do not have control over when that happens.
People love options. Here are yours:
- Sit back, relax, and let EZ Pay draft automatically.
- Log in to your account online and click Pay My Bill before your EZ Pay draft date. People like this option because it allows them to make manual payments around payday.
- Call us at (855) 784-2426 and follow the prompts to use our automated telephone payment system.
We accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover —credit or debit cards— via online payment.
After receiving an email saying your bill is ready, simply login to your account online and click View My Bill
Yes. Log in to your account, and then click Payments & Billing. From there, click View Billing & Payment History.
Can I make more than one payment in a month?
Yes. You can make up to 5 manual payments a month by logging in to your account. If you make more than 5 manual payments in a single month you will be charged up to $4.95 for each additional payment.
If you use EZ Pay, pay online or by phone, it will be processed immediately upon receipt. Any other form of payment will result in additional processing time.
All customers are setup on our EZ Pay automatic billing system at enrollment, so you don’t have to worry about remembering your due date.
We do not email your actual bill to you. You’ll receive an email letting you know that your bill is ready to view online and how much is due.
No. You will receive an email every month stating how much is due and that your bill is ready to view online. It is your responsibility to either view the email or log in to our website to view your total amount due.
A late fee is only assessed if your card declines for any reason and we don’t receive your payment by the due date. To avoid late fees, it is your responsibility to update your payment information or make a manual payment before your bill is due.
We don’t email your actual bill to you. We’ll send a very basic email stating the amount due and that your bill is available to view online. Your full bill is accessible after logging in to your secure account.
Your usage fluctuates each month, and you may not even realize that you used more power. Most high bills occur during the hot summer months or during unexpected winter freezes. It could also be a combination of things, such as running your appliances more often than usual, having company in from out of town, letting your kids control the thermostat, or leaving windows open for too long.
Fortunately, you can view your usage by month or even by week by logging into your account then clicking View Smart Usage from the 'Quick Pick Dashboard. You’ll notice right away if your electricity usage spikes or drops, and then you can adjust your usage going forward.
Honestly, your best bet is to stay on a term plan that offers a fixed rate.
The other obvious answer is to use less electricity. Keep your thermostat at a higher—yet comfortable—temperature during the summer; like 78 rather than 72. Your large appliances also use a lot of power, so try to start the dishwasher or dryer only when they’re full. Don’t forget to check for cracks or seals that are letting outside air in; you’ll want to patch those immediately.
You can also refer friends and receive a $25 Visa® gift card for each one that enrolls. Log in to get started.
You’ll see your current balance immediately after you log in. To view your detailed bill, simply click on View My Bill.
Getting billed for incorrect usage is extremely rare. Often times, spikes in usage are due to change in temperature, out of town guests, or using appliances more often than usual. However, if you feel your meter reading is inaccurate, you may contact us to have your TDU re-read it. See the next question.
Simply email us at service@4ChangeEnergy.com so we can pass along your request to your local TDU. If they did misread the meter, the re-reading service will be free. However, if the TDU determines that the original reading was correct, the TDU may charge you a fee for the service consistent with their tariff.
These are charges assessed by your local TDU for the delivery of electricity to you over poles and wires and other TDU facilities. This charge is passed on to you without mark up and has already been included in the average price you pay per kilowatt hour. You can think of it like a shipping or delivery charge when you order something online. See your TOSA for more details.
We want to make electricity something you don't have to worry about. We will deduct your amount due each month from your chosen method of payment. You never have to worry about due dates or late fees.
There is no fee for EZ Pay.
In order to best facilitate a smooth payment and allow for cushion should anything happen between draft date and disconnect date, we draft your account 12 days after the invoice date on your bill, which is five days before the due date reflected on your invoice.
Easy! Simply log in to your account, click on Payments & Billing and then click Update EZ Pay. From there, you'll supply the new payment method information, click the 'Update EZ Pay' button and you're done.
If it is your first time accessing your account, you will have received a "Service Has Started" email containing a 'Register Account' link unique to your account. You must register your account by clicking the 'Register Account' link from within that email.
If this is not your first time accessing your account, you can simply login then click on My Profile from the 'Quick Pick Dashboard' then edit your password in the Security information inputs. Make sure you select 'Continue' to save all changes.
You’ll click on My Account and then on Forgot Your Password under the login information fields. We’ll send you a temporary password via email.
You can easily change your billing address, phone number, secondary account holders, email, charitable cause, and more by logging in and clicking on Account Settings. To update payment information and debit or credit card on file, log in and click on Payments & Billing.
To change your service address, please select Transfer My Service under the Manage My Service link.
You may not transfer your account to someone else.
We do not suggest leaving your account open and allowing another individual to take over payments. If you are no longer residing at the address, please close your account and have the new individual open their own. If the account remains in your name, any and all late payments, past due balances and collection notices will be your sole responsibility.
Technically, you can’t. However, your roommate can open their own new account. Once their account is open, it will automatically close yours. As long as a new account is open first, there will be no disruption in service.
E-Docs is the electronic delivery of all of your standard plan documents links, billing, notices and other communications from us.
You can also access them at any time by logging in to your account. To find your bill, click on View My Bill or Payments & Billing then click View Payments & Billing History . To find your plan documents, click on Manage My Service.
What is the 4Friends referrals program?
You’ll receive a $25 Visa® gift card for each qualified friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or complete stranger you refer to us who uses your unique referral link and enrolls with us. Your referral will also receive a $25 Visa® gift card. Your link can be found here. See below for more details.
We’ll send you and your referral each a $25 Visa® gift card once your referral has paid their second invoice in full.
Is there a limit to how many people can sign up using my link?
Nope! The gift cards are unlimited. You may give your unique referral link to as many people as you like. Refer enough friends and your electricity may be free. For more information, click here.
You’ll receive a thank-you email from us within 48 hours of your referral using your link to enroll.
No. Unfortunately, the only way we have of tracking referrals is through your link.
Once we have received payment in full on your referral’s second invoice, you’ll most likely see the $25 Visa® gift card in the mail 30 to 60 days later.
Once you have paid your second invoice in full, we’ll send you a $25 Visa® gift card in the next few weeks. This typically happens around 75 days after you enroll, but it can take longer depending on your billing cycle.
Referrals may choose from a wide variety of plans and rates designed to fit their needs.
Unfortunately, you will not receive a gift card. Since referrals are not redeemable for cash, we must be able to send gift cards to a customer with an active account.
We listened to our customers. After polling a large group of local electricity customers, we took the four stand-out causes and found organizations that matched those missions.
While we would love to support hundreds of charities, we chose our current four so that our impact is more meaningful for each cause. As always, we still encourage you to donate to your other favorite charities.
No. Since donations technically come out of our profits—rather than your bill—we don’t have a way of tracking individual customer contributions. However, we take great pride in donating to these causes on your behalf.
Not at all. The electricity meter attached to your property only allows one provider to service your property at a time. You just need to call us to enroll. Once we submit your request for power through 4Change Energy, your service with your other provider will automatically switch over. You won’t even notice it.
It depends on what date you chose at enrollment and the time of day you enrolled. See your options below.
- If you chose to start your service today and you signed up before 2 pm, your power will most likely be turned on the same day.
- If you chose to start your service today and you signed up after 2 pm, your power may not be turned on until tomorrow. Make sure to call us before 5 pm at (855) 784-2426 if you need us to process a priority service request.
- If you chose to start your service any date other than today, your power may be turned on between 8 am and midnight on your chosen day.
- If you selected the option to have your service start anytime within the next seven business days, it will be turned on as soon as possible. It doesn’t typically take more than two days.
Other than a power outage, your electricity is usually only disconnected if you have an outstanding balance. However, if we need to disconnect your power due to non-payment, we always issue a disconnection notice at least 10 days beforehand. Once you have paid your account balance in full—if your service is disconnected for non-payment—we’ll send a request to your TDU for power to be restored to your residence once we receive payment in full of the outstanding disconnection balance.
- Are you moving within Texas? If you’re staying within our service area, you can transfer your service to your new residence. Log in to your account, click Manage My Service, and select Transfer My Service. You can also call us at (855) 784-2426.
- Just not feeling it? While we hate to see you go, you can call us at (855) 784-2426 Monday – Friday 7am-8pm | Saturday 8am-5pm CST .
The 4Change energy charge component of your rate will never change for the duration of your fixed rate plan. However, your local TDU reserves the right to adjust its charges which are passed through to you without markup. Also changes in laws or regulations that impose new or modified costs beyond our control could change your price. Such changes directly impact your average price per kilowatt hour. Full details can be found in your TOSA and EFL.
A fixed-rate plan is a retail electric plan with a term of at least 3 months for which the price for each billing period of the contract term is the same throughout the contract term except for certain changes in TDU charges or laws that impose new or modified costs beyond our control. The details of your plan are broken out on your EFL.
A fixed rate plan must have a term of at least 3 months and the price is fixed for the duration of the plan except for changes in TDU charges or certain laws mentioned above.
A variable rate can fluctuate from month to month with no minimum term requirement (check your EFL for more information).
Our green plans offer 100% renewable energy, whereas our standard plans offer 11%.
Yes. You can upgrade your current plan to a green plan at any time for $4.95 a month. Simply log in to your account and select the 'Help Save Our Planet ' checkbox at the bottom of your My Profile page then click the 'Continue' button to save your changes.
We strive to reduce every cost so we can pass the savings on to you, and our prices are very competitive. Even so, we think it’s important to share a portion of our profits with our neighbors in need. It doesn’t cost you any extra, and you still get to help others in your community.
A TDU—or Transmission and Distribution Utility—is the local utility company that owns and manages the poles, wires and meters that carry the power to your house. When you have a power outage, this is the company that you call to make a report. Find a list of TDUs here.
A REP—or Retail Electric Provider—sells you electricity. 4Change is a REP and we believe we’re the best REP in the state of Texas. We are ready to provide you with electricity plans with low prices and exceptional customer service.
Your TOSA—or Terms of Service Agreement—provides information regarding your service with 4Change Energy. This document—as well as the YRAC, EFL and enrollment documentation—comprise our contract with you. In the TOSA you’ll find terms and conditions about your electricity product, including contact information for 4Change and all area TDUs, 4Change product types, fees, and information on deposits and contract termination.
Your EFL—or Electricity Facts Label—outlines valuable details specific to your service plan, including your rate, term, renewable content, certain fees, and more.
The YRAC—or Your Rights as a Customer document—covers rules that were adopted by the Public Utility Commission to protect, you, the consumer. Among many things it addresses billing issues, meter reading and testing, complaint resolution, and your privacy rights.
Lucky for you, Texas law allows most Texas consumers to pick their own retail electric provider and electricity plan. In doing so, it creates a more competitive market, which in turn, gives consumers more choices, lower rates, and better service. Texas is one of only a handful of states that allows consumers the ability to choose their electricity service provider.
However, San Antonio, Austin and a few other areas throughout the state are in a closed market and must obtain service from a monopoly provider.
Smart meters—also called advanced meters—provide detailed information on your energy usage throughout the day and can be read remotely. Your TDU owns and maintains smart meters.
Renewable energy is generated from natural resources, such as wind and solar energy. At 4Change Energy, you can either select one of our existing green plans or upgrade any plan to green energy for $4.95 a month.